Bowdoin College Seeks Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Arts in Video

The Visual Arts Department at Bowdoin College invites applications for a half-time, benefits-eligible visiting assistant professor position. The appointment begins July 1, 2024, and is for two years with possible renewal for a third year pending successful review and reappointment. The teaching load is one course per semester. We seek applicants whose expertise in video is grounded in studio practice, scholarship, and teaching. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach a strong foundation in perceptual, formal, and critical skills within a liberal arts context and will approach video through teaching methods that value an iterative approach to studio practice. Successful candidates will be able to articulate the significance of the visual arts within the liberal arts curriculum and have a desire to contribute to the life of a small, collaborative department. Candidates must have an MFA with two-years full-time teaching experience in higher education or equivalent and a demonstrated record of professional artistic achievement.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education and to inclusive excellence in teaching. For a description of inclusive excellence, please consult the following resource: Williams, et. al., Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence.

The Bowdoin community warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the inclusive instruction and support of a diverse student population and who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply. Accessibility during the application and interview stages, as well as once employed, is a priority of the College: Finally, visa sponsorships for faculty hires are available.

Bowdoin College offers opportunities for professional development including robust programming and resources for establishing and enhancing mentoring networks. The College also offers support for teaching, scholarship, publication, digital initiatives, computing software, conference travel, and community partnerships in courses.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit: 1) a cover letter that includes a summary of your scholarly and artistic focus, a description of your teaching philosophy and experience, and a description of how your approach demonstrates a commitment to inclusive excellence in teaching (limit of two pages); 2) a curriculum vitae (limit of 3 pages); 3) a link to a single webpage with time based works (with captions, under ten minutes total in length) and/or ten images of creative work (with captions); 4) a syllabus for a 15-week introductory video class; 5) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers will be automatically contacted upon submission of your application.

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Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

At the time of application, you will be required to include information for a minimum of three references, including name, title, email address, phone number and how you know the reference.

Once you have provided the required reference information and submitted your application, the reference providers will receive an email which is generated automatically from the application system. The email will provide them a link within which to upload a confidential reference letter on your behalf.

You will not be able to view the reference letters but will be able to see how many have been submitted on your behalf.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (38% students of color, 7% international students and 17% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website: